The closing ceremony for this year’s Olympic games takes place on the 12th of August, starting at 9pm. The audience will be wowed with spectacular backdrops, live music, famous names, and over 4,000 performers.
It looks set to be an exciting evening at the Olympic Stadium, but tickets are pricey and in short supply. What can you do if you don’t want to watch it online, on the TV at home or in the pub?
The answer is to find yourself a free big screen showing. Not only will you see the event in all its glory, you’ll also be able to soak up the atmosphere with an excited crowd.
Where better to start than with the BBC, the official Olympic broadcaster? They have 23 big screens dotted around the UK, showing coverage until midnight on the 12th of August. To find out where your nearest open air screening will be, check their maps and directions.
The official London 2012 Live Sites network is a UK-wide collaboration with the BBC, individual cities, and sponsors such as Cadbury and Cisco. For the comprehensive list of venues, opening times, etc, visit their site.
Many local councils will be holding their own big screen events too. Check your local council’s website or look in your local newspaper for the full details.
Londoners can also enjoy the big screens being run by BT London live. There will be free screenings of the closing ceremony in Victoria Park, but remember to reserve free tickets in advance if you want guaranteed entry as it’s likely to be busy.
If you don’t want to be outdoors for the closing ceremony, you might prefer to watch if for free at the cinema instead. Vue cinemas around the UK will be showing live coverage. Some screenings are already full, but others still had availability at the time of going to press. See what’s available near to you.
Not to be outdone, the Cineworld chain will also be offering free HD screenings at 28 locations around the UK, starting from 7pm. Check availability and book in advance via their website.